Business: Greater Community Bank welcomes Cartersville lenders Richard Carlton and Tina Hudson. Georgia named top business climate for seventh consecutive year.

Business: Greater Community Bank welcomes Cartersville lenders Richard Carlton and Tina Hudson. Georgia named top business climate for seventh consecutive year.

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Media release: The Board of Directors of Greater Community Bank is pleased to announce Richard Carlton has joined the bank as Vice President SBA Lending and Tina Hudson has joined as Vice President SBA Loan Administrator.

Carlton, an experienced professional with an extensive background in commercial and industrial lending management, has nearly two decades of banking experience in
executive roles. His skills in business development and relationship management, as well as strategic research and implementation, will enhance the bank’s footprint in each
of the markets it serves.

“I am eager to become part of a team that truly understands the meaning of a community bank,” says Carlton. “Greater Community Bank’s performance is a direct reflection of its commitment to the communities it serves, and I look forward to aiding in the Bank’s continued success.”

Carlton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of the South. Additionally, Carlton is also a graduate of the Louisiana State University Graduate Banking School of the South as well as the Darden Graduate School University of Virginia Commercial Lending School.

“We are excited to welcome such an experienced individual to our growing team,” President and CEO David J. Lance said. “Dick’s numerous years of experience and leadership in the financial services industry will pave the way for even greater success for our bank.”

Carlton has previously served as President of the Bartow Habitat for Humanity, President of the Canton Rotary Club, and was a member of the Atlanta Development Authority Credit Committee. He resides in Canton with his wife Vicki. They have one adult son, Matt, and attend St. Peter Chanel.

Hudson brings with her over two decades of banking experience, primarily in the Bartow County market. With a thorough financial background in a variety of areas including lending, business development and branch management, Hudson brings a wealth of knowledge into her new role.

“I have found my niche in community banking, and I am excited to join Greater Community Bank as they emerge in a market I am extremely familiar with,” said Hudson. “Bartow County is growing day by day,  and I am eager to continue to provide superior products and services to the community I call home.”

Hudson holds an A.A.S. in Business Administration from North Georgia College and State University. Hudson has previously served as Board Chair on the Board
of Trustees for Advocates for Children, for which she was also named Volunteer of the Year. Hudson has also served as a member of the Bartow County Rotary Club and
has participated in several local organizations among Bartow County schools.

“We are confident Tina will make an excellent addition to our team,” said Lance. “She knows the Cartersville and Bartow County market well, and we are proud to have such a familiar face represent our Bank in the community.”

Hudson resides in Cartersville, with her husband, J.B., and their three children. They attend Cross Point City Church.


Media release: Gov. Brian Kemp announces Georgia’s business climate has been named No. 1 in the nation by Site Selection Magazine for the seventh consecutive year. Georgia is the only state that has received the distinction seven straight times in the history of Site Selection’s rankings. Kemp made the announcement at the Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta.

“I am incredibly proud …, ” said Kemp. “From day one of my administration, we have been laser-focused on creating opportunities for hardworking Georgians in every corner of the state. Our efforts to cut burdensome regulations, continue developing a world-class workforce, and market all regions of the Peach State through the formation of a Rural Strike Team have not gone unnoticed, and this announcement affirms that.

“The nation’s leading site consultants see opportunity for growth across our state. Our top-ranked workforce development initiatives – combined with a conservative, pro-business policy approach, world-class higher education system, and a logistics network that puts the global economy within arm’s reach – make Georgia a top competitor for investment from businesses large and small – across the country and around the world. I am proud of the work that we have done, but it does not stop here. We will continue raising the bar and working with our economic development partners in the public and private sectors to ensure that Georgia stays the best place in the nation to live, work, and raise a family.”

Site Selection releases its Top State Business Climate rankings each November. The rankings are 50 percent based on objective criteria and 50 percent on the input received from a survey of independent site location experts who are asked to rank and explain their choice.

“Our readers are keenly interested in our annual state business climate ranking, because they seek locations with the greatest prospects for success,” said Mark Arend, editor-in-chief of Site Selection. “Georgia’s seventh consecutive Top State Business Climate win reminds them that a Georgia location will contribute to their productivity and profitability long term.”

Site Selection Magazine joins Area Development Magazine in naming Georgia the top state for business for 2019 – the seventh and sixth straight year, respectively, that both publications have awarded Georgia the ranking.

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